The Ottumwa Courier

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February 24, 2014

City Council discusses two-way streets

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa City Council held a special meeting Monday night at 5 p.m. at City Hall in order to have work sessions on several important items. The meeting was not held to act on any of the items, only to gather more information.

The items for discussion in the meeting included the level of signing authority for the City Administrator, a proposed amendment to the Ottumwa Comprehensive Plan, a change to an ordinance included in the City Code and the conversion to two-way streets in downtown Ottumwa.

The change to the ordinance in the Ottumwa City Code has to do with a local purchase option. The ordinance currently states if the city is looking to buy an item and it is both sold locally and on the state bid list, the city must take the local bid if it is within 1 percent of the cost of the item on the state bid, as long as those items have the same set of specifications.

It was recommended to the council that it be raised to 5 percent, but the council seemed to agree it should only be raised to 3 percent. Mayor Tom Lazio said during the discussion that the item will come back up at a future City Council meeting as an action item.

“I think we can live with 3 percent,” Mayor Lazio said. “Let’s give it a try; if we need to do some adjusting, we can do that.”

Probably the most anticipated item on the agenda was the conversion to two-way on Main and Second streets in the downtown area. The construction on McLean Street under the Sewer Separation Project is going to cause portions of Main and Second streets to be changed to two-way temporarily, so it was proposed that the change be made permanent.

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